Toronto Arts Facts gathers together key information about the arts in Toronto, compiled from a wide variety of research studies and statistical resources. This information – which falls into the general areas of the arts’ role in the economy, its impact on communities, and its place in people’s lives – was intended, at first, to provide fact-based information to funders and policy makers.
It turns out that Toronto Arts Facts also tells a compelling story about how the arts enliven and enrich Toronto’s neighbourhoods and local businesses, help young people gain purpose and confidence, enhance the livability of our city, and build local pride. They also play a central role in building the creative economy, engaged citizenry and social cohesion on which Toronto’s continued growth and prosperity depends. The fact that Torontonians enthusiastically participate in and value the arts speaks to those harder to measure impacts such as communal belonging, life-long learning, spiritual renewal and the empathy and mutual understanding so necessary to a multi-cultural community like ours.
It is hoped that this project becomes the first of many bringing together researchers and arts leaders to understand the impact of the arts in Toronto on an engaged and appreciative community – sparking continued creative growth and further recognition on the world stage.
Read the report at http://torontoartsresearch.org/artsfacts/